The Music of Django Reinhardt

The Music of Django Reinhardt

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This title offers an in-depth analysis of the music and life of a gypsy music legend. Famed gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt has been the subject of numerous books, both in this country and abroad. His life was featured in Woody Allen's film ""Sweet and Lowdown"", and his music influenced guitarists within jazz and beyond. But never before has the story of Reinhardt's music been so thoroughly and carefully explored. Benjamin Givan examines how one of jazz's greatest guitarists created his unparalleled sound, despite the tragic accident that rendered his left hand virtually unusable. ""The Music of Django Reinhardt"" is an analytical study of his music, including his process, his improvisational style, and his instrumental technique. The book features transcriptions from records of the 1920s through the 1950s and includes detailed discussion of selected performances from one of the most important guitarists in history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Ann Arbor, United States
  • English
  • 8 figures, 56 musical examples
  • 0472034081
  • 9780472034086
  • 777,675

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"One of the most satisfying analytical overviews of a musician ever written....Ben Givan sets a high standard for all who follow."
--Scott DeVeaux, University of Virginia, American Music

-- (02/26/2013) "I was fascinated by the book and the descriptions of many of the sides were vivid enough that I could hear the music in my head..."

-- (07/29/2011) "The theoretical detail in this well-researched book will be difficilt of the less-experienced readers to understand. But those with substantial knowledge will find it engaging."
--C Wadsworth Walker, Choice

-- (12/21/2010)
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About Benjamin Givan

Benjamin Givan is Assistant Professor of Music at Skidmore College. His writings on jazz have appeared in scholarly publications such as Current Musicology and the Musical Quarterly, as well the popular jazz magazine Down Beat. He received his Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University.
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